Sarah Huckabee Sanders is standing in for Sean Spicer the rest of the week. Her press conference wasn’t much more enlightening than his.
Huckabee Sanders already showed a strong penchant for spin on Tuesday night, when she went on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News to defend the Trump administration’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey, insisting it was time for Americans to “move on” from the Trump/Russia probe. She also falsely claimed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s communications with Russian officials had been going on for more than a year (actually 10 months, to be exact) and falsely implying host Joe Scarborough said things he didn’t actually say.
During the press conference, Huckabee Sanders — the daughter of a former Arkansas Governor who made a racist joke on Cinco de Mayo, and the sister of a man who once tortured a stray dog to death — made several false and misleading statements, particularly in her deflection of reporters’ questions about Comey’s firing.
In one instance, she said that President Trump had lost confidence in Comey’s ability to lead the FBI over the course of “several months.” However, as NBC’s Bradd Jaffy pointed out, Trump said he “had confidence in [Comey]” in April. And while Huckabee Sanders insisted that Trump had been considering firing Comey since November 8, 2016 (Election Day), EliteDaily reporter John Haltiwanger posted a video from two days following the inauguration, in which Trump gave Comey an audible attaboy while congratulating his job performance in the White House:
WH spox Sarah Huckabee Sanders just now: “The president over the last several months lost confidence in Director Comey”
Trump last month: https://t.co/NwXk7ZwRqT
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 10, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump had been considering letting Comey go since "day he was elected."
January 22: pic.twitter.com/35nE03TCh5
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) May 10, 2017
Others remarked on how Sanders used reporters’ questions to pivot to attacking Democrats, prompting political observers on Twitter to note how unprofessional Spicer’s stand-in seemed to be during the press conference. She was also ridiculed for bemoaning the taxpayer cost of the Russia investigation, while saying nothing at all about President Trump’s frequent vacations at $3 million a pop.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is surprised Democrats object to @POTUS* firing the man who's leading an investigation against the WH. She said that.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) May 10, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling an investigation of Russia a waste of taxpayer money while he golfs every weekend on our dime is rich.
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) May 10, 2017
If you thought Sean Spicer was as dumb as it gets, tune into today's briefing to see Sarah Huckabee Sanders prove you wrong.#ComeyFiring
— Joey Bel (@TheRealJoeyBelz) May 10, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, "Sean is on reserve duty for the rest of this week.."
TRANSLATION: "Sean is having a nervous breakdown from lying."
— KarenLMcHalePhoto (@KarenLMcHale) May 10, 2017
Wow Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a disaster for the White House—Spicer hiding today didn't help things—He threw her to the wolves. #trumprussia
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 10, 2017
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